Celle sul Rigo
The village of Celle sul Rigo sits in the Valdichiana hills of southern Tuscany, near the borders of Umbria and Lazio. It is part of the municipality of San Casciano dei Bagni but is a separate medieval village that enjoys its sunny hilltop. Views look to San Casciano to the east and to the lovely town of Radicofani on a hill to the north.
With only 400 inhabitants, it's small and easily seen in an hour. But enjoy the charm and views, and stay for a nice lunch of the locally-made pici pasta. The town is devoted to it and hosts an annual festival in its honor.
Celle Sul Rigo is definited by its tall tower that was once part of the defenses of the village. It had been surrounded by protective walls. Now it enjoys welcoming visitors who come by to see its historic charm. Nearby are the spas and hot springs of San Casciano dei Bagni, a great place to soak after hiking or a day of pounding the pavement sightseeing.
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San Casciano dei Bagni springs up among very thick woods of oaks, chestnuts and ancient pines.
At the sketchy border of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio is Radicofani (ra-dee-CO-fa-nee).
Amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Val d'Orcia are some of Tuscany's most interesting hot springs.